We had a wonderful and blessed Pancha Ganapati in the home of Aravindraj and Renu Chandrasekaran on December 25. Here, fellow devotees arrive bright and early in anticipation.
We decorated the altar in the living room and tried to make it look a bit like a jungle with banana trees, sugarcane and mango leaves.
On Pancha Ganapati Day 2, we had a pleasant surprise when relatives from India had brought a beautiful Ganesha statue into our home. It was such an adorable looking Ganesha that we just had to get it blessed and include it in our puja on the 25th of December. Thank you so much for the wonderful gift!
We put the new Ganesha statue at the altar, surrounded with all the gifts that are going to be given to the children.
We had about 60 people in attendance. Here, after the puja, everyone receives Lord Ganesha’s blessings.
Bhajans led by Kulapati Dhasan enlivened the atmosphere. This was followed by a short explanation about Pancha Ganapati, as there were many people who had never heard of Pancha Ganapati before. Then it was game time for children, and everyone got a gift…
…including the big children!
And who else but Ganesha Himself came to give out the gifts to everyone! Three-year-old Jagatheeshwar is up to the challenging task of playing Ganesha.
Everyone had a great time. Thank you, Ganesha, for giving us this opportunity to share your abundant blessings with everyone. Jai Ganesha! Jai Kailasa Parampara!
Bodhinatha's Latest Upadeshas: "Not Getting Upset, Viewing Reaction from Higher Faculties" (September 14, 2014)
A measure of how serious we are in making spiritual progress is that we've learned the lesson from experience. Develop the ability to watch the mind think, understand the patterns of emotional action and reaction. Have the sense that you are a divine being to root out imperfections. Becoming upset is a temporary suspension of our higher faculties; transmute the energy into the third eye.
Master Course, Living with Siva, Lesson 149;
Master Course, Merging with Siva, Lesson 152;
Yogaswami, Words of our Master
"Eight Features of the Natha Sampradaya" (September 17, 2014)
We have to discover that part of us that is the Self. One of the important benefits of temple worship is it softens the ego. Recognize and love a Being greater than us, building humility. Go to Lord Murugan; His worship strengthens the kundalini. There's a power in learning through listening, shruti, that which is heard. Tradition, sadhana and tapas, informs, inspires, awakens potential.